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clrmoney
clrmoney
12/9/2016 11:21:23 AM
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Virtual Reality for TV
Maybe it will be because TV had been aroung for decades but virtual realtity is increasing so lets see how it turns out.

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Ariella
Ariella
12/9/2016 2:50:42 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
It depends, would this be viewed as a natural advance like the move from B & W to colro in the 60s? Or would this be regarded as a novel idea that just won't take off in the mainstream like Smell-O-Vision films?

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afwriter
afwriter
12/9/2016 6:03:16 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@Ariella I feel like it lands somewhere in between.  It will walk a tightrope until there is enough content available for average consumer interest or it will fade away into obscurity like 3D TVs. 

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batye
batye
12/9/2016 7:51:54 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@afwriter with 3D is interesting story as many Co. say soon we gonna have brodcast in 3D and consumers spend money on 3D ready TV but after... nothing happens... in Canada CBC keep telling soon we gonna be in your room in 3D... never happens... now consumers very iffy about new technology...

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batye
batye
12/9/2016 7:56:05 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@Ariella human nature is strange... but internet offer solution... and why pay if you could get it free online.... yes it natural advances but would people willing to pay for latest and greatest... 

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faryl
faryl
12/9/2016 10:50:53 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
One thing that will be interesting to watch is the ability to use existing hardware (e.g., cell phones) for VR. The cost of 3-D headsets seemed to be a barrier to their heavy adoption; maybe VR will learn from some of that technology's shortcomings.

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batye
batye
12/10/2016 5:45:12 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@faryl yes, but we will see more add ons to give ability for the older hardware to be used for the VR...  do not let me start about cost of the 3D headsets it very crazy... very crazy ... but some people have money to burn...

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faryl
faryl
12/13/2016 4:40:05 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
I keep thinking about how much extra it cost for me to get extra remotes for my wii. (And then I'm the only one who uses it!)

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/12/2016 12:21:46 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
> "the ability to use existing hardware (e.g., cell phones) for VR..."

Those cheap cardboard setups for smartphones to act like VR.. aren't great for the VR experience. VR hardware just needs to get a LOT smaller and cheaper before it can go mainstream... 

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Adi
Adi
12/12/2016 12:24:33 PM
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@mhhhf1ve - I think that is really the challenge. There are cheaper alternatives to high-end headsets, but then if the experience isn't that compelling, how do you sell it to new users? 

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Ariella
Ariella
12/12/2016 1:51:31 PM
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we may just have to wait for the market to mature and for the supply to improve and come down in price enough to appeal to more people.

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DHagar
DHagar
12/12/2016 9:31:54 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@mhhf1ve - there is not enough value - as it currently stands - to either make an investment or to view with VR.  Unless it becomes a truly compelling viewing experience, customers won't make additional investments in the latest "gadgets".

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faryl
faryl
12/13/2016 4:41:17 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
I thought the idea of a pizza box turning into a VR viewer seemed a bit too good to be true! :)

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batye
batye
12/15/2016 10:31:23 AM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@mhhf1ve  yes and no as many users upgrade they cardboard google vr to modern one with bluetooth controllers build in... it changing how I see it...

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Adi
Adi
12/12/2016 12:23:09 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@faryl - I think we are seeing different options emerge for VR equipment -- from the "magic window" approach which works on mobile phones and PCs, to low-end cardboard type devices all the way up to really high-end VR headsets. There's also the virtual view approach, which replicates a movie theatre experience but the video is regular 2D, just set in a virtual theatre or box seats in a stadium. 

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faryl
faryl
12/13/2016 4:44:44 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
The movie theater experience sounds interesting. It's perfect for agoraphobic introverts (like me) for getting the experience of watching movies with an audience (for movies like Star Wars or when they have Doctor Who specials in theaters) :) I also like the idea of "going to the movies" with my nephews who live in Boston while I'm in San Diego!

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dlr5288
dlr5288
12/30/2016 2:00:03 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
Yes! The movie theatre idea sounds amazing. I think it's going to be cool to see where exactly this leads.

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batye
batye
12/9/2016 7:57:40 PM
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Re: Virtual Reality for TV
@clrmoney yes, you are right as it could be also, as older generation resist chance... and want to hold on to the old ways...

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srufolo1
srufolo1
12/12/2016 5:27:51 PM
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VR For TV
Not sure VR for TV is going to get much traction as fewer people will be watching TV in the future, according to surveys posted on our own site. It's not worth it for TV unless you have a really big theater-sized screen.  Personally, I wouldn't want to have to wear a headset.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
12/16/2016 2:12:26 AM
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Re: VR For TV
@srufolo1 - I completely agree with you - wearing a headset is a real turn off for VR where I'm concerned. I barely watch the shows I want to watch on my own as it is, when I watch actual television, more often than not I'm watching kids shows, with my kids. And they aren't just sitting stationary in front of the television. They are playing, and wandering off and trying to kill themselves (small toddlers) so they require me to be paying attention to their activities, no matter what else I may be trying to do. A headset would make that pretty impossible. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
12/16/2016 10:14:23 AM
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Re: VR For TV
@elizabethv  I couldn't imagine wearing a headset with toddlers tearing around the house. We're tethered to enough technology in life. Not all shows would be conducive to VR anyway. If I watch TV, I watch vintage shows because I only have a few channels. "Car 54, Where Are You?" in VR? I don't think so.

 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
12/20/2016 9:21:11 AM
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Re: VR For TV
@srufolo1 - That's actually a really valid point, not all shows are going to be conducive to VR. In fact, I can only really think of a few that might be able to pull it off. Typical comedies really wouldn't fall in those categories. Though a show like Criminal Minds, or CSI might be really cool in VR. At least the possibility would be there - much more so than the Big Bang Theory that is. The more shows you start to think wouldn't be conducive to VR makes you wonder if it would be a worthwhile investment at all. 

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faryl
faryl
12/30/2016 4:21:16 PM
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Re: VR For TV
Lol! You can go on a ride-along!

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srufolo1
srufolo1
12/30/2016 5:22:11 PM
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Re: VR For TV
@faryl I take it back. "Car 54, Where are You?" could be pretty cool in VR. Also, getting sucked into "I Dream of Jeannie's" bottle could be a real trip. Just like anything else, no telling how vast of an impact something will have. It could go over very well. Who knows? Maybe TVs will be designed especially for it so that headsets will not be necessary.

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